COVID-19 Updates

Rapid Testing

Rapid Testing Clinics

Acadia is no longer able to promote routine testing for the campus community. In December 2021, the provincial government paused the workplace rapid testing program that supplied Acadia with its kits.

Fortunately, Acadia’s current supply of rapid test kits will be sufficient for at-risk students and unvaccinated students. The university will continue to supply free tests to those vaccinated students who are high risk cases and unvaccinated students who are exempted by the university from vaccination due to medical/health reasons. Non-exempt unvaccinated students will be charged a fee for their required twice weekly testing; this fee will be reimbursed if the student subsequently gets fully vaccinated.

How to get a test if you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you will need to take two tests per week, a minimum of 48 hours apart. You’ll be provided with a code each week that you will email to

To get tested, visit the MacKeen room in the Student Union Building:

Mondays, 10am – 1pm
Tuesdays, 2pm – 5pm
Thursdays, 2pm – 5pm
Fridays, 10am – 1pm

If you are symptomatic, you will be asked to follow the provincial health process below. Please email and tell us your test appointment time with the Nova Scotia Health Authority to ensure that you do not receive a warning for not attending our mandatory test clinic.

How to get a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should complete the province’s self-assessment to book an appointment for a PCR or rapid test. A provincial testing site is located on-campus, but you must schedule an appointment through their website.

A gloved figure wearing protective equipment places a swab in a test tube. Image courtesy of Mufid Majnun on Unsplash.